The Libertarian Party of Texas has a record 173 candidates on the ballot for the November 2008 elections. The mere presence of candidates, whether active or minimally active, has generated lots of earned media for Libertarians in Texas. Some of the candidates are running active campaigns complete with campaign materials like yard signs and brochures and volunteer organizing efforts.
For willing activists not engaged in specific candidate campaigns, the Libertarian Party of Texas is putting them to work promoting the party in general. I don’t know what the elections results will look like on Tuesday, but I can say that we’ve done a great job in Texas giving every willing volunteer something to work on regardless of where they live in Texas.
Years ago I was bombarded by people offering to help, but I didn’t have something specific to recommend that was simple, achievable, and didn’t require a lot of assistance from me. For the past few years, when a volunteer stepped forward, I’ve had readily available projects to suggest. Put up signs and door hangers! While we give the materials away for free to willing volunteers (the signs only cost us about $1.25 each and the door hangers about 5 cents each–plus shipping) many people donate far and above what the materials cost which helps to subsidize other willing volunteers who request materials for free.
We did this in 2006 as well. After the 2006 election season, we had tens of thousands of materials left over, but since they were generic “Vote Libertarian” materials, we’ve been able to use them in 2008. In 2008, after having used up 2006 inventory, we’ve purchased an additional 100,000 door hangers, 2,000 yard signs, and 5,000 bumper stickers. Most are deployed!
Here’s where we display them on our website:Libertarian Party of Texas Campaign Materials
While infighting amongst Libertarians seems to be the rule nationwide, I suspect having a way to put every willing volunteer to work on something productive here in Texas is why inherently independent and contrarian Libertarians in Texas are too preoccupied with Libertexian our state to be engaged in excessive destructive infighting.
I know I don’t have time to waste infighting and ridiculing. No way. Not me. Too busy. Too successful. Don’t have the time to stoop that low even if I were inclined to. Not gonna do it. Can’t.
Whoops! Just did it.
Executive Director, Libertarian Party of Texas